A memoir of the Russian nobelman who killed Rasputin
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 14cm, 288pp.
Not signed as such but loosely inserted is a handwritten letter from someone named Blossom Hellyer which reads, "Dear Alan, I thought you might perhaps like to read about the wild doings of some of my—ahem! ancestors!". I haven't been able to find out how she fits in the with book's content.
In this extraordinary memoir Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov recounts the early, heady days of the 20th century and his plot to kill the 'mad monk' Rasputin in gruesome, thrilling prose. After a glamorous life in England, partying with the rich and famous at Oxford and London he eventually returned to Russia where he married Princess Irina of Russia, the Tsar's only niece, only to realise that his beloved Russia was on the verge of catastrophe, blaming Rasputin for his disastrous influence on the Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina. On the night of 30th December 1916, Yusupov murdered Rasputin, an event relayed in chilling detail in these memoirs.
A good reading copy of this uncommon first edition. The dustwrapper is a little tatty. The book has a lean to the spine and is foxed to the prelims, page edges and margins. The book remains in strong readable condition.